Looking for hiking boot recommendations

Are beefy hiking boots worth the extra weight or are trail running shoes good enough? Which do you prefer?

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  • I have several outdoor outfitter and manufacturers here in Portland, OR. That said, I haven't purchased a expensive pair of boots in several years. At a RS birding program in Puerto Rico, the local guide said expensive boots fell apart in their climate and an inexpensive pair held up. I have wide feet and selection is limited. I purchased a pair of Hi-Tec hiking boots at one of the local chain stores. They are comfortable, light weight, water proof, and wear well. I purchased a second pair, different style on a road trip after realizing I forgot to pack my boots and was over 100 miles down the road. Hiking boots give extra ankle protection. I find myself getting distracted and not always look down at hazards tripping or slipping.
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  • I have several outdoor outfitter and manufacturers here in Portland, OR. That said, I haven't purchased a expensive pair of boots in several years. At a RS birding program in Puerto Rico, the local guide said expensive boots fell apart in their climate and an inexpensive pair held up. I have wide feet and selection is limited. I purchased a pair of Hi-Tec hiking boots at one of the local chain stores. They are comfortable, light weight, water proof, and wear well. I purchased a second pair, different style on a road trip after realizing I forgot to pack my boots and was over 100 miles down the road. Hiking boots give extra ankle protection. I find myself getting distracted and not always look down at hazards tripping or slipping.
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